Lismont Patrick, "1st national champion speed old pigeons 2006 KBDB, 6th national ace pigeon speed old pigeons 2006 KBDB"


Patrick Lismont, Bekkevoort


Bekkevoort is located in Flemish-Brabant and has about 6.000 inhabitants. Assent and Molenbeek-Wersbeek are two of its formerly independent municipalities. Known cities situated close to Bekkevoort are Diest and Scherpenheuvel.

History
During the past season, the speed merchants of 40-year-old Patrick Lismont have been racing for the national title of short distance racing in the picturesque region of the ‘Hageland’. For many generations, the name of ‘Lismont’ in this region is synonymous with strong speed fanciers. Patrick’s grandfather -also his godfather- was a formidable competitor in the region of Linter and uncles on both father’s and mother’s side have raced on a respectable level. His father Emiel is still performing excellently in Budingen.
Patrick started to show interest in pigeon sport as a teenager in 1982. After he got married in 1992, he gradually started to keep pigeons at his actual address instead of keeping them at his parents’. Was Patrick Lismont a champion right from the start? Our host tells us in an honest way: “Since lots of members of my family were racing pigeons, I got the chance to start with a good breed. I obtained good results right from the beginning and it simply went from good to better!”.

Racing
The fresh national champion focuses exclusively on speed racing. The two distances are: Momignies (115km) and Soissons (199km). The pigeon are basketed in Kortenaken. The local racing radius is 8km. In order to acquire a reasonable number of pigeons, they focus on “covering racing” and more in particular: “VSOB-covering” (VSOB = united speed racing East-Brabant). Approximately 150 fanciers from about 7 clubs cross swords. As far as this zone is concerned, Patrick’s loft is situated furthest away, 6 kilometres approximately.


Basic breeds
As we mentioned above, Patrick was able to start with fine prize birds of family members. Gradually, Patrick got some reinforcement from the following breeds: Patricia Verhaegen (Aarschot), Cumps (Langdorp), Geerinck Danny (Zolder), Guisson-Vanbrabant (Kuringen), Benny Willemsen (Bekkevoort) (The first national ace pigeon yearlings of Omer Coeckelberghs (Binkom) is thought to be of Willemsen origin as well, tells our host), Marc Medart (Sint-Truiden) (a hen became the mother of the sixth national ace pigeon). Patrick reinforces his breed every year: he acquires summer youngsters and puts them directly in the breeding loft.

Racing system
As far as old pigeons and yearlings are concerned, Patrick only races widowers (classic nest game). The 36 nest boxes are all taken at the start of the season. During the last week of March, when they are brooding, the pigeons are sent to Fleurus, a training race. When they return, the eggs and partners have been removed and the widowers are then effectively on widowhood. As from that moment, they are basketed every week until the first week of August. This has two reasons: first, only the races until that date are being considered for the national championship and by that time, Patrick is also a bit “tired” of the game.
3 to 4 old pigeons and yearlings are kept aside to fly the Momignies race. The reason for this is that in order to be considered for monthly quotations in the Golden Pigeon competition, Patrick has to turn in the results of the first three nominated pigeons. All the other pigeons are flying the Soissons race.

The speed merchants are very well cared for but have to win at least 80% of prizes and preferably, they have to appear in the top of the results on a regular basis. Having a bad race or coming in very late doesn’t necessarily have to be a disaster but they better not pull such a stunt a second time. Eventually, 20 cocks make it to the finish although some of their places will have to make room for the young pigeons to allow them to move up and to create a more or less fifty-fifty relationship between old pigeons and yearlings.

Patrick does not have the ambition to race further distances and he has some clear and reasonable arguments to confirm this lack of ambition. There is of course the fact that the teamwork in the speed races is nice and there are enough participants until August. But on the other hand, Mr Lismont works in a three-shift system and has to count on his wife Sonja to steer everything in the right direction. The pigeons are taken care of twice a day, Patrick and Sonja each account for one session. On top of that, the lady of the house works Saturdays.
Sonja made her debut in the pigeon lofts after she got married with Patrick but her brother and uncles kept pigeons as well so she wasn’t really confronted with a whole new world. Patrick is by the way very happy with the work of his wife: she is following his orders very strictly and the results of the last few years prove that they make an excellent team.

The racing team consisted of two cocks of 2002. One of them achieved 32 prizes, at least per four, in two years’ time. Pigeon “202” contributed a great deal in the national title and pigeon “268” is the 1st provincial ace pigeon great speed.
About 32 breeding couples are (together with the better racers) in charge of producing 100 to 150 young pigeons. The latter are darkened as from the end of February until the end of May. Training starts at the end of April. After about three races the sexes are separated and Patrick introduces the trapdoor system. He applies this method until mid August and then continues to race on the nest. This year, Patrick waited a little too long to switch systems. The young pigeons have to race until the second week of September, afterwards the number of participants decreases very fast in combination racing which makes continuing to race a bit pointless. Patrick also likes to have his pigeons back in shape to start early breeding.

Relatively many youngsters get a ring. Patrick: “It’s wrong to think that breeding 20 youngsters and keeping 10 to start a career at the regional top (or even higher) is sufficient.”. The former soccer player admits that he suffers relatively many losses which can partly be attributed to the severe regime. Youngsters have to train twice a day and some of them cannot handle that regime. The pigeons are also trained when other releases pass by which also causes losses.

The following story perfectly illustrates the hardness of this national champion: “In 1998, I put the youngsters in the basket to fly Fleurus as a training race. When I’d arrived, I suddenly didn’t like the weather. It was extremely hot that day and many pigeons already had their bill open inside their baskets. But I thought it would be a shame to take them back home so I decided to release them. The first pigeon arrived three hours later, more than half of them never returned. That first pigeon was my best pigeon of that year (maybe the best one ever?!) and it became a super breeder. I wonder whether even better birds stayed behind that day?”.

Medical aspect
The old pigeons receive a cure against tricho before the season starts and once during the season. Considering that April was a bit treacherous this year, the birds also got a 5-day treatment against ornithosis in May. Before the season starts, they get a treatment (no vaccination!) of 10 days against paratyphus and this year, they also received this cure 10 days after the season was finished. “Was that necessary? I don’t know. Why do it? Because you read about it, talk about it, check everything and eventually, you decide to do it (one time) as well. Since results are satisfactory, I see no reason to change”, tells our host.

Medical support of the youngsters is comparable with the one the widowers get. “If it’s good for one team, it has to be good for the other one as well”, says Patrick Lismont very clearly. Perhaps the youngsters get something against tricho more often. They receive 1 cure for ornithosis before their first training race. He pays a visit to the vet when things aren’t what they should be for a couple of weeks. He doesn’t call in the vet when the pigeons have raced one bad race. In principle, Patrick goes to see the vet before the breeding starts, before the start of the season of the old pigeons and before the start of the season of the young pigeons.
The national champion also gives his pigeons various natural products such as brewer’s yeast, cider vinegar, seduchol, electrolytes, vitamins, tea (on Mondays and Tuesdays). Our host asks himself the necessary critical questions: “Is it necessary to give them electrolytes? I don’t know! I used to give them vitamins more often but cutting those back hasn’t lead to less good results!”.

As far as feed is concerned, the old pigeons normally get 1 spoonful in the morning and 1 in the evening. At the beginning of the week Patrick gives them a level spoonful and as the date of the race is getting closer, he increases the dosage. The feed consists of a purification mixture and diet feed on Mondays. Tuesdays, one third of sports mixture is added. The pigeons receive 50% of sports mixture on Wednesdays and in the next days they even get two thirds of sports feed. The youngsters get comparable proportions. This system is applied to both teams (Momignies and Soissons racers).
The results which made them conquer the national title:
Date
Rac
Nb of pigeons
1st ind.
Coëfficient
2th ind.
Coëfficient
Total
Coëfficient
15/05
Momignies
825
26
3,151
1
0,121
3,272
21/05
Momignies
222
2
0,901
1
0,450
1,351
28/05
Momignies
235
16
6,809
5
2,128
8,937
04/06
Momignies
165
7
4,242
10
6,061
10,303
11/06
Momignies
148
1
0,676
3
2,077
2,703
02/07
Momignies
109
3
2,752
2
1,835
4,587
16/07
Momignies
196
3
1,531
5
2,551
4,082
06/08
Soissons
113
4
3,540
5
4,425
7,965
Total
43,2


That same result would have got Patrick Lismont “only” a 4th position in 2005. Patrick frankly admits that but there’s a snake in the grass: “Previously, when four pigeons, among which my nominated ones, arrived at the same time, you could bet on it that I’d clock them first. But we’re clocking electronically these days, so everything depends on the moment the pigeons come in. When the nominated pigeons allow the other pigeons to go first, you’re “harming” yourself in a way. But then again, I’m pleased about electronic clocking. I can watch the pigeons fly in and old as well as young pigeons continue to arrive smoothly. Moreover, I don’t have to move from the loft of one category to the loft of the other category”, so tells us this national champion who has a realistic eye for things.

Pigeon “507” (2220507/05) obtained the following results and became sixth national ace pigeon
Date
Race
Nb of pigeons
Results
Coëfficient
23/04
Momignies
922
27
2,93
08/05
Momignies
966
4
0,41
21/05
Soissons
762
27
3,54
28/05
Soissons
762
1
0,13
11/06
Soissons
543
2
0,37
18/06
Soissons
373
1
0,27
16/07
Soissons
170
2
1,18
Total
9,48


This ace pigeon is a product of the “old, red breed” with a hen from Medart. This wasn’t the crack’s first masterpiece by the way. Last year, he became 3rd Provincial Ace Pigeon Young Pigeons Great speed.

These are some of the titles that were achieved this year:
1st national champion speed old 2006 KBDB
6th national ace pigeon speed 2006 KBDB
3rd General provincial champion 2006
1st Prov. Ace Pigeon 2006 old + yearlings great speed
3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon 2006 young pigeons great speed
3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon 2006 old + yearlings small speed
5th Prov. Ace Pigeon 2006 young pigeons small speed
2nd General champion Het duivenblad 2006
1st Ace Pigeon old + yearlings speed Het Duivenblad 2006
4th Ace Pigeon young pigeons speed Het Duivenblad 2006
6th Ace Pigeon young pigeons speed Het Duivenblad 2006
10th Ace Pigeon old + yearlings speed Het Duivenblad 2006

The past few years, this new speed king and his queen have achieved a similar list of achievements. The title of national champion is the crowning glory of their work. We would like to congratulate Patrick and Sonja once more with their magnificent results and warm welcome!